If you are a beginner guitar player and want to know how to play easy guitar solos, this article is for you. The article will provide tips on playing solos as well as a list of 50 easy guitar solos that beginners can try.
Maybe you have been playing the guitar for a year or two, and you want to advance your skills. You can find more difficult songs with more complex structures to learn from this list.
This list has enough songs on it that you will likely never learn them all. Pick a few and focus on those!
Tips for Learning Solo Guitar Parts
The guitar can be very difficult to learn, especially if you want to learn solos. Luckily, there is a few tips that we can give you that will make the learning process a little bit smoother. These tips apply to learning both easy electric and acoustic guitar solos!
Learn Your Guitar Scales First
Most guitar solos are based on, or at least loosely follow one of the main guitar scales. If you want to learn guitar solos, you should learn some of your scales first. Guitar scales by definition are simply patterns that repeat over and over again for an extended period of time.
When practicing your guitar scales, practice playing them slowly at least once a day if not twice or more.
Once you know your major and minor scales, it will make learning new songs a lot easier. It will also give you practice playing individual notes and moving your fingers between them quickly. This is a prerequisite for many solos!
My guitar teacher always used to tell me: “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast”. When learning a new scale, you should start very slowly. When you start to play your scale, make sure that you are playing the notes correctly and that your fingers are moving the correct way for each of the notes.
I would advise that you practice scales and solos with a metronome to make sure that you are playing in time. Slow the metronome down as much as you need to play the notes correctly and in order. Once you can play a scale flawlessly then you can speed it up!
Break Solo Parts Down!
Break easy solos down even further by learning a few notes at a time. I used to think that I could just learn the whole solo and then be able to play it from memory at the end of the day. This is not the case!
When I teach students I will break a solo down into bars. Learn one bar flawlessly (and slowly). Then a 2nd. Then I’ll try to have them put the two bars together! For many songs this may only mean you’re playing 8 notes, but you have to start somewhere!
50 Easy Guitar Solos
Ok, enough talk! Let’s get to the list! Here are 50 easy guitar solos to learn for beginners. I will include a difficulty scale and some chord progressions you can use to jam on with them.
- Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
- Maybellene – Chuck Berry
- Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley
- Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
- Like a Stone – Audioslave
- Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
- La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
- Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
- We’re Not Gonna Take it – Twisted Sister
- Holiday – Green Day
- Folsom City Blues – Johnny Cash
- Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
- Secret Agent Man – The Ventures
- Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
- Light My Fire – The Doors
- Ramble On – Led Zepplin
- Heart Full of Soul – The Yardbirds
- Island in the Sun – Weezer
- I Can See for Miles – The Who
- All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
- Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
- Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
- Angels – Robbie Williams
- Love Hurts – Nazareth
- Come Together – The Beatles
- Whole Lotta Love – Led Zepplin
- Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Let it Be – The Beatles
- Can’t Get Enough – Bad Company
- Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
- Ain’t Talking About Love – Van Halen
- Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
- What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes
- Highway to Hell – AC/DC
- Fight For Your Right To Party – Beastie Boys
- Black Magic Woman – Carlos Santana
- Run – Collective Soul
- What I Got – Subline
- Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
- Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World – Neil Young
- We are 138 – The Misfits
- Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
- One – Metallica
- Hero of the Day – Metallica
- Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple
- Home – Collective Soul
- Danger Line – Avenged Sevenfold
- Cochise – Audioslave
- Running Blind – Godsmack
The Final Note
Hopefully this article has helped you to learn some new guitar solos that are easy for beginners. As you become more advanced, a never-ending array of options become available for you!
If you didn’t see one of your favorite songs on this list that doesn’t mean you can’t learn that solo! Use the tips above to break it down and take it slow and you’ll be playing like your favorite band in no time!